5 MUST READ side hustle books

5 must read side hustle books

Thinking of starting a side hustle?

One of the best pieces of advice I got when I wanted to start side hustling is something I heard John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire say.

Here’s what he said in a nutshell.

If you eventually want to quit your job and do your own thing, it’s better for you to become a “sidepreneur” first.

Once you grow to the point where you can support yourself (and family) financially from your side business, it at that point that going full-time will make sense.

I know there are gurus out there telling you to simply “jump” but honestly, the “side hustle first” advice saved my life.

If I had “jumped” the way some folks ask you to, it would have destroyed my family.

One of the best ways to start your own side hustle journey is to read the right side hustle books.

In this post, I’ll be sharing 5 side hustle books you should read before you start.

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5 Must-Read Side Hustle Books

Buy Buttons – Nick Loper

Nick Loper is the host of the Side Hustle Nation podcast (highly recommend) and he published this book late last year.

In it, he outlines 300 different ways you could be making money in your spare time.

Most of those 300 ways are activities that could easily became a major source of income for you if you treat it well.

I am recommending this first because out of the book, you could choose 3-5 side hustles you could start out with today and grow significantly over the next year.

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Barefoot Executive – Carrie Wilkerson

I identify with this book so much now that I am a mother myself. I read it way before I was a mom though.

The Barefoot Executive is one of the first books I read all the way through when I first got into this world.

I did not even understand some of the concepts back then because, hello scientist. But the lessons I learned are still with me because of the very personable way the book is written.

If you want something where the jargon is not way over your head and yet gives you a great overview of what working for yourself can look like and what it takes, Barefoot Executive is one to pick up.

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The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau

Contrary to popular belief, you really don’t need a whole lot of money to start a side business.

I started my freelance business as a social media manager for zero dollars.

The only I spent was on a few reasonably priced courses and on social media scheduling software.

The $100 Startup is great because it has lots of examples of people starting businesses with less than $100.

Since it is Chris Guillebeau (who has successfully traveled to all the countries in the world), he also promotes the idea of location independence – the ability to work from anywhere in the world – in the book.

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Side Hustle – Chris Guillebeau

I heard Chris tell the story of why he wrote this book at the recently ended Fincon.

It turns out there was a guy who simply jumped and quit his job after reading The $100 Startup. He did not have a contingency plan and wrote to Chris telling him he had quit his job after reading the book.

This panicked Chris because he then realized he had not fully communicated how to safely leave leave your job. So he wrote Side Hustle as a follow up to The $100 Startup.

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Freelance to Freedom – Vincent Pugliese

I met Vincent Pugliese at Fincon as well and have had a chance to peek at his new book coming out in January Freelance to Freedom.

I chatted with Vincent at Fincon. One of the things he told me that really stuck with me was the fact that he and his wife paid off $140,000 in debt by side hustling.

They used that money to pay that down their debt.

Once debt was out of the way, the way was cleared for them to fully devote their time to their own time and freed up time for them to spend with their young boys.

I loved that story so much and wanted to include his book here even though as of this writing, the book is only on pre-order.

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Closing Thoughts

Starting a side business has enriched my life on so many levels.

I learned how to sell, how to nurture an audience, how to write client-snatching pitches, and how to handle money.

Starting a side business will teach you more than you can bargain for.

There is a lot of information out there and it gets confusing.

The five side hustle books I just outlined, will streamline the information for you, show you what is possible and eventually help you earn your first dollar outside of your regular 9 to 5.

Have you read any of these books ? What were your takeaways?

If you have already been side hustling, which books have been helpful to you on your journey ?